Hello and welcome to another installment of Wednesday writing tips. On Wednesday I put up writing advice pertaining to various arenas of writing given by authors based on their own experience. I started this section as Writerstipswednesday but now think Wednesday writing tips is more suitable, so have renamed it. Many thanks to Devika for her help in selecting the hashtag 🙂 If you share this, please use #Wednesdaywritingtips to connect the posts.
Today I have authors talking about writing craft, using ideas, adding pace to your writing and some plotting advice from yours truly.
Tess Woods, Harper Collins author has this valuable advice about giving your ideas more meaning in your story. She says:
“The best advice I have received with my own writing was to make sure that everything you write about is relevant to the story. If you describe a pet bird, then you better make sure that bird then features somehow in the plot or there was no point mentioning it. This cuts out a lot of excessive descriptions and keeps the pace nice and fast to keep readers engaged.”
Have you had trouble keeping track of your ideas while you try to put them in the plot? Our memory is most treacherous and the things you are sure you will remember will slip out of your grasp.
Sharon Boothroyd of Kishboo e-mag has this to share regarding keeping ideas and reworking them.
“Keep an ideas book, so these ideas can develop into a story. Jot a list of titles, and write a story for the title. Always re-draft rejected stories and think of another place to send them. Start a story with a line of dialogue -a question is a good opening. Describe all the senses in fiction – smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Always finish a piece of work. Keep writing!”
Devika Fernando, romance and fantasy author, relates how she adds pace to her writing:
“I find it very useful to write each chapter of my book in a separate Word document in the beginning. It makes it easier to search for something I want to clarify or rewrite during my rounds of revising editing. It also helps me to make sure that I have a good first line that grabs the reader’s attention, and an equally great last line that makes the reader want to find out what happens next. Another advantage is that I feel motivated to write the whole chapter in one go, so I can ‘close’ the document and start afresh on another chapter.”
Those who like to take pen to paper before fingers on the keyboard will resonate with Deep Downer‘s experience. This advertising professional-turned-author has this knack of getting editing done efficiently. His take:
“Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my fountain pen (a Mont Blanc; yeah I’m a showoff) and a notebook to write the first draft. I feel I write faster that way, and the flow of thought is expedited too.
What it also does is, give me an additional avenue for editing, while I’m typing it on the laptop. That’s my first edit. After I finish typing, I let it rest for a couple of weeks, besides giving my eyes a change of scenery. After the cooling-off period, I open it again, afresh, and start editing the heck out of it. It usually then takes three rounds of editing – with at least a week between each of them – before I send it to the betas and/or start with proofing.”
Thanks Tess, Sharon, Devika and Deep Downer for sharing your writing tactics.
Here’s my input for today: “While plotting your story, do not go into the nitty gritty details. It will take the surprise element out of your writing. If you can’t think of what should happen after X, leave some space and go on to the event Z. Y will come when you get down to writing it. Take my word for it. Who knows you may find Y split into Ya, Yb and so on and you might get some nice subplots to add twists to your tale. So don’t plot too much. Trust the process.”
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